Where does the world in decline find you? Are you ready to search for the truth of God and walk in it, or have you been cast adrift to your own inventions? Please consider these studies of thousands of years old texts. These aren’t experimental philosophies and popular fads that will be disproved and fall by the wayside. These contain truths that people have successfully implemented in their lives for many generations.
A real apology comes from a humble heart that is truly sorry. It is like the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) that cannot be artificially added on from the outside, but flows out from a pure heart. This cannot be faked! A real, genuine, sincere apology is a blessing. But, nothing is worse than a faint apology, a false apology, or a non-apology.
How can you forgive someone who has wronged you and has not apologized, has not repented, and has not repaired the damage? They deserve to be found guilty, they deserve to be judged, and they deserve to be punished. But, instead, you are hurt, you are damaged, and you are suffering. They don’t deserve to be forgiven. Why should you forgive them? How can you forgive them?
Does God hate certain music genres? Does God hate certain instruments? Does God hate certain melodies or certain harmonies? Does God hate certain lyrics?
Anything that discourages us from living the way God wants us to live is acting in hateful opposition to God. Anything that glorifies and promotes sin, sinful actions, and a sinful lifestyle is acting in hateful rebellion to God. These kinds of things are contrary to the way God wants us to live.
Almost all Bible students agree on the basic underlying Biblical principles on the subject of alcohol. But, many disagree on the applications of these principles. When you understand the principles, I believe the Holy Spirit will help your conscience make the appropriate application of these principles in your life. However you decide the Holy Spirit is leading you, I hope you remember that alcohol is an intoxicant that can affect your judgment—and when abused can be dangerously destructive in your life and those around you—and can permanently damage your brain and liver—so you will use the same kind of care and consideration that you would use with a loaded gun or a speeding freight train.
What is marriage? The Bible definition and description of marriage hasn’t changed in over 3500 years since Moses received revelation and commandment from God. But, mankind has changed many opinions, practices, and traditions about marriage during that time. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to go back to the Bible and see what it says.
This Biblical relationship checkup is designed to help couples in troubled relationships and dysfunctional relationships to discover what the Bible says about their relationship (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Armed with Biblical precepts, they can compare their relationship with Biblical concepts, and learn how God can restore their relationship (2 Corinthians 5:18). This can be done by a couple without any help, but it is much more profitable to have a loving, concerned, godly helper guide them through the process (Galatians 6:1).
Divorce is serious. It permanently severs the most intimate marriage relationship. It almost always causes emotional, financial, and practical hardships for children and families. What does the Bible say about divorce? What does God think about divorce? As with many things, it’s a good idea to go to the Old Testament Ten Commandment Law to see what God thinks about something.
Our prayer in this series of studies was to know the mind of God or the attitude of God toward marriage, divorce and re-marriage. The focus of our study was to understand what allowance God has made for those who are the “victims” in a situation where their partner has been guilty of sexual immorality or where their partner has abandoned them. Our desire was to first allow the scripture to indicate God’s original intent in the marriage. Second, to understand what allowance God, in his mercy, has granted those whose spouse has not followed God’s original intent relevant to marriage.
Sometimes people think if they simply ignore God’s laws, they will not be accountable and God will not enact the penalties. People only try this in the spiritual realm. They know they cannot close their eyes and walk into busy traffic without injury or death. Yet, some expect good in their lives and may seem puzzled or even angry when it does not happen even though they have been living contrary to God’s spiritual laws.
In His word, the Bible, God has given His children a formula for rest. However, too often, we misunderstand the formula and like in the examples above, are not happy with the results. In this study we are going to examine God”s formula for rest in its three steps in an effort to obtain the desired end results.
This material was penned many years ago by a devoted Christian minister. Though old in origin, it is up to date in practical fact and application. It is well worth reading, considering and applying again today in our modern society.